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Marquette King signs with Raiders' rival Denver Broncos

By: ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer
April 5, 2018 Updated: April 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm
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photo - FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2015, file photo, Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King (7) punts against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, in Denver. With five punts inside the 20, Marquette King was an unsung hero for the Raiders in their win in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2015, file photo, Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King (7) punts against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, in Denver. With five punts inside the 20, Marquette King was an unsung hero for the Raiders in their win in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File) 

ENGLEWOOD — Marquette King has signed a three-year, $7 million contract with the Denver Broncos less than a week after his surprising release from the Oakland Raiders.

King said he wasn't sure if his oft-flagged on-field antics, which included a bucking' bronco celebration, is what led Jon Gruden to release him but he said, "the Broncos encourage you to be yourself."

King also said signing with the Raiders' AFC West rival "was somewhat of a revenge factor, too" so that he can face his former team twice a season.

The sixth-year pro was a Pro Bowl alternate last season and a second-team All Pro in 2016. He's the only punter in NFL history to post at least a 40-yard net average in each of his first five seasons.

And King has averaged a whopping 50 yards a punt in his five games in Denver, where he'll replace Riley Dixon, who slumped last year after a solid rookie season.

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